More than 4000 motorcyclists flocked to Prescott for the fourth annual charity Bike Fest hill climb yesterday (Sunday) including a surprise celebrity appearance by Top Gear’s Richard Hammond.
The event, organised by the Severn Wheelers division of the National Association for Blood Bikes (NABB), saw everything from a replica of George Formby’s Shuttleworth Snap TT racer to an ex-Carlos Checa Desmosedici Ducati MotoGP bike being run up the hill.
Bike-mad Hammond was not officially booked for the event but lives nearby and is a big supporter of charities. What a nice fella. He rocked up for fun on a Norton Dominator and got stuck in, including jumping on the microphone in the commentary tower and getting a run up the hill in a Bugatti.
Organisers hope the event will make more than £35,000 for NABB and the Severn Freewheelers.
Festival organiser, Gordon Downie, said, “Prescott Bike Festival raises vital funds for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, it’s the charity's biggest fundraising event of the year and we are delighted that it has become a firm annual fixture in the motorcycle calendar. We are hugely grateful to all the exhibitors, bike clubs, dealers, marshals, volunteers, sponsors and visitors who continue to support us and have helped make the event such a success. Next year the festival will be held on Sunday 12 April 2015”.
Here’s some of the best moments from yesterday’s event: